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HTC Desire 816 Review

HTC Desire 816 Price in India & Background

One of the world-class phone-makers HTC has released a latest variant in its Desire series with a label name Desire 816. HTC released this mobile as an expensive phablet and its lowest best market price is Rs. 20, 600/-. HTC has announced about this mobile in February 2014 and released date in March 2014. This handset is available in different external color shades such as Black, White, Red, Grey, Green. Even though it has been released as an expensive handset, this mobile disappoints the customers with its quite unimpressive camera performance. Apart from the camera, the remaining aspects are impressive.

However, we have mentioned some more details regarding the HTC Desire 816 in this review.

HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 816 Design & Looks

The HTC Desire 816 is one of the larger mobiles available in the market. Both front and rear sides are covered with grey matte material, whereas the rear side is covered by a shiny fingerprint magnet shell. Even though some black bezels are designed around the screen are slightly thicker, the mobile doesn’t get an odd look.

The front panel of this mobile is designed with a 5.5-inch display, which has the resolution of about 720p. The Display quality of this mobile is impressive. As the phone has a Super LCD panel, the display develops vivid colors from any viewing angle.

The front panel of this mobile is designed with a couple of “Boom Sound” speakers. The speakers can develop rich and loud sound similar to the speakers of HTC One (M8). With a couple of front speakers and a large display, the phone has become an impressive portable gaming device or a video player.

Most disappointingly, the designed power button doesn’t work well as it cannot pop out immediately when pressed. As the power button is a sticky one and cannot pop up when pressed, the mobile restarts accordingly. This problem is associated with most of the units.

 HTC Desire 816 Hardware Specifications

Processor, RAM & Storage: Most of the hardware aspects of this mobile are very impressive. A 1.6Hz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8928 processor power this mobile and it works with the support of an Adreno 305 GPU. A 1.5 GB RAM assists the process for decent performance. The internal 8GB storage capacity can be expanded up to 128 GB by using an external micro SD card.

Display Dimensions: A 5.5-inch display is accompanied with this mobile and it looks excellent. As the display is designed by using LCD technology, it offers impressive viewing angles and brightness. Considering its dimensions, this mobile measured about 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.9 mm and HTC Desire 816 weight is about 165 grams.

Camera Quality Review: Considering the image focusing abilities, the 13 MP-camera of 816 is not too impressive, with video capture, absence of banding in pictures, and decent color reproduction. Both front and rear cameras can capture video at FHD 1080p. However, the video is clear with no jitter.

The rear camera performs well in any lighting conditions. However, the LED flash associated with the camera cannot perform well. Moreover, the camera performs superbly and delivers excellent sharp results. The front-facing camera has a generous 5MP sensor. This camera is also associated with some color issues. However, this camera is used for taking video calls and selfies.

Similar to other HTC models in this budget, HTC Desire 816 Dual SIM version also available.

Battery Backup Life: Talking about battery, this handset is packed with a non-removable Li-Po 2600mAh Powerpack, which has extraordinary lifetime. Once the battery gets full charge, it can last for almost 2 days without generating any issues.

However, the battery life varies according to the operation you have performed. If you talk continuously on this mobile, the battery lasts for about 6-7 hours. In case of internet operation, the battery gives power about 9-10 hours. 

HTC Desire 816 OS, Apps & Software

The handset 816 is installed with Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, which is layered with the HTC Sense 6. Moreover, the operating system is very spontaneous and responsive. This mobile is featured with the Company’s traditional BlinkFeed music player, and more. These HTC Desire 816 features are neither excessive nor overbearing. The only difference between this handset and other mobiles is swiping gesture, which is vertical in other handsets and horizontal in 816.

The only downside of this software is the performance of the virtual keyboard, which is not pleasant. However, one should overcome this keyboard problem by installing Google’s SwiftKey.

This mobile is supplied with music, gallery, custom camera, Zoe, and BlinkFeed applications. The phone maker should be appreciated as it refined the old bloated-sense with new applications along with offloading Google’s applications.   However, this mobile doesn’t have advanced multitasking features like Samsung’s Multi Window and LG’S QSlide.

Besides, the overall performance of the installed software is impressive and it is rare for a mobile in this prize and size.

The verdict of HTC Desire 816 Review

The HTC Desire 816 is an impressive mobile and is especially developed for the customers who want to purchase an HTC mobile in the budget category. This mobile is a reliable handset, which is developed to offer superior and steady performance. Even though the Sony Xperia T2 is the closest competitor, the Desire 816 is a little better smart phone as per reviews. Most probably, the dual SIM capability is very appealing at the time of travelling outside the country.

But if you are a fan of performance rather than the brand name, then there are better alternatives to go for. Among them, the Gionee Elife E7 is a better alternative with a better screen, faster processor, better rear and front cameras, and more memory for cheaper price.

If you are not a freak of mobiles and their options, then this mobile is very efficient for you. This mobile is a refined one from HTC and it offers exclusive performance. And one should attract to its sturdy and sleek design.

However, the HTC Desire is unable to perform well while playing games. Therefore, it is better to go for the Gionee Elife E7 and Xiaomi Mi 3 if you are very curious about playing 3D games.

This is all about HTC Desire 816 Review.

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